from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate. See Synonyms at object.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To protest or remonstrate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of his conduct, representing the wrong he has done or intends, and urging him to make redress or to desist; to remonstrate; -- followed by with.
- transitive v. To discuss; to examine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reason earnestly with a person against something that he intends to do or has done: followed by with before the person, by upon or on before the thing.
- Synonyms Expostulate with, Reprove, Rebuke, Reprimand, etc. See censure, and list under remonstrate.
- To discuss; examine into; reason about.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
Latin expostulāre, expostulāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + postulāre, to demand; see prek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested circa 16th century, from Latin expostulatus, past participle of expostulo, "demand or claim," from ex- + postulo, "demand". (Wiktionary)